As the final stretch of the spring semester begins, we’re sure you’re probably drowning in midterms, final project proposals, figuring out summer plans, where you’re going to work and more of those important life things. While it would probably be productive and much more helpful in the long run to sit down and do your work, we at the Clog understand that you don’t really want to do the work, and you’re looking for any excuse or possible way to get out of going to that study group that’ll probably help you, or avoid setting foot in any campus library. Your prayers have been answered, as we have six upcoming movies in April that will allow you to procrastinate (and not feel totally bad about doing so)!
“Shazam!” — April 5
Opening this Friday, April 5, “Shazam!” follows a teenager turned adult superhero in this next installment of the DC Comics extended film universe. Imagine “Big” (1988) starring Tom Hanks crossed with any superhero film and you get “Shazam!,” providing you with a humorous and fresh approach to the superhero genre that’ll distract you from the fact that you should be studying. Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 92%, “Shazam!” is a saving grace to the fractured DC extended universe.
“Mary Magdalene” — April 12
“Mary Magdalene” follows, you guessed it, Mary Magdalene, and the story of what led her to Jesus. Starring Rooney Mara as Mary and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, the film is bound to make you feel like you’re being productive, considering it’s based off of actual history! But, like any other Hollywood film, there are bound to be some inaccuracies, including the whitewashing of not only Mary Magdalene but Jesus too! And with a current score of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, it doesn’t seem like this movie is really worth your tight college kid budget, but its failures just might be entertaining enough.
“Teen Spirit” — April 12
Starring Elle Fanning, “Teen Spirit” centers around Violet, a shy teenager with an incredible voice, as she enters a singing competition to help her escape her small town and kick-start her career. The movie is 92 minutes, which seems like the perfect amount of time for a break to allow yourself to procrastinate. Besides, it’s always fun to see how well actresses can sing as you watch in judgement and shove your face with popcorn.
“Little” — April 12
“Little” follows an intense business mogul who magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself, threatening her personal life and career. Starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Marsai Martin, and executively produced by Martin, this film is a refreshing and diverse take on older films like “Big” (1988) and “13 Going on 30″ (2004). It’s rooted in featuring more representation with a mostly black cast, so if you need an extra push to get you to the movie theater, remember you’re supporting an underrepresented community, which is surely more important than studying.
“The Curse of La Llorona” — April 19
“The Curse of La Llorona” follows the Mexican folklore of La Llorona, a ghost of a woman who drowned her children. The film follows a similar story, as a woman must protect herself and her children from the ghost of La Llorona in 1970s-era Los Angeles. Watching this film will definitely help distract you from studying as it will remind you there are more important things to life, like ghosts, folklore and survival. It may also cause you to question whether midterms and finals are truly that terrifying compared to the crying ghost in this movie.
“Avengers: Endgame” — April 26
Opening on the final Friday of the month, “Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of the “Avengers” movies and the current saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which spans 22 films that have been released over the last decade. It’s the perfect and most climactic way to spend three hours and two minutes of your time, instead of studying or preparing for the coming finals week. And let us just say that even though you’ve probably only been in college for just a few years, this movie has been 11 years in the making and has billions of dollars at stake, so we’re not saying it’s more important than your education, but if you think UC Berkeley will make you a billionaire or invest in over a decade worth of your life, then maybe you should study.